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Sakura Ando (right) and Miyu Sasaki in Shoplifters, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda.

Top five films to watch in Hong Kong this week (July 5-11), from Shoplifters to Ant-Man and the Wasp

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Palme d’Or-winning social drama about an impoverished family in Tokyo and the first Marvel film to give a superheroine her place in the movie’s title are among our picks of what to watch in Hong Kong this week

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1. Shoplifters

One of the most consistently excellent filmmakers working today, Japanese writer-director Hirokazu Kore-eda finally took home the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes this year with this masterful social drama about an impoverished family in Tokyo, which finds humanity even amid petty criminals and total strangers. (Opens on July 5)

2. Ant-Man and the Wasp

Playing like a perfect antidote to the epic tragedy that concluded Avengers: Infinity War, director Peyton Reed’s nearly-as-enjoyable sequel to the 2015 Ant-Man feature also marks the first time a female superhero gets her name in the title of a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. As an action comedy, this hits all the marks. (Now showing)

3. My Life as a Zucchini

Don’t miss this amazingly compassionate stop-motion animated feature if you like your movies tinged with sadness grounded in reality. Featuring abused and abandoned children as its protagonists, the poignant story takes the unusual step of making the children’s home their safe haven. (July 6, part of the French Friday: Annecy programme.)

4. Be with You

Based on the 2003 novel that was already adapted into a major box office hit in Japan back in 2004, this supernatural romance from South Korea proves just as engrossing as the earlier adaptation, with both So Ji-sub and Son Ye-jin impressing as a married couple who are temporarily reunited a year after one of them died. (Now showing)

5. I’ve Got the Blues

An unconventionally structured documentary which paints a lively portrait of its subject, this very personal account by Angie Chen On-kei of the life and work of Yank Wong Yan-kwai, a veteran painter and award-winning movie production designer, is also a must-see for anyone interested in Hong Kong’s arts scene. (Opens on July 5)

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